Facebook Says It Bans Content That “Financially Endangers” Users

Facebook has tried everything it can to regain the trust of its users, especially in the wake of recent reports the platform’s traffic has decreased by nearly 50 percent over the past two years. One of those strategies has been the publishing a blog called “Hard Questions” that’s aimed at increasing transparency with users. In another installment published this week, the social media giant spells out its position on free expression. Nestled in the post was an interesting admission: according to Facebook, it actively seeks out and bans content that “financially endangers,” or tricks, users.  

“We do not, for example, allow content that could physically or financially endanger people, that intimidates people through hateful language, or that aims to profit by tricking people using Facebook,” VP of policy Richard Allen wrote in the blog post.

This is broad language, and it could include just about any scam under the sun. However, Facebook has never been this clear on the subject before. Facebook and its Marketplace app are rife with shady users and advertisements, so it’s clear that even if this is Facebook’s standing policy, the company needs to do a better job of enforcing it. But it’s still encouraging to hear Facebook own the responsibility.